New Zealand are hoping they can find a way to combat the spin of Rangana Herath when their second Test with Sri Lanka starts on Sunday.

The veteran slow bowler pocketed 11 wickets during the first meeting between the two sides which finished earlier this week, with Sri Lanka recording a crushing 10-wicket win.

A second-innings collapse to 118 all out severely harmed New Zealand's hopes of getting anything from the game, with victory a formality for the hosts after Herath had taken 6-43.

He had earlier taken 5-65 and ahead of the final Test of the series in Colombo, New Zealand captain Ross Taylor knows his side need to find a way to combat him.

"Herath has got 45 wickets this year and they all haven't been against us, so he has got wickets against other teams as well," Taylor said pointing out other sides have also fallen foul of the 34-year-old's guile.

"In both innings he dominated our batting line-up. Leading to the next game we need to come up with a plan on how we are going to combat Herath.

"We've been in this situation before, and we came back and played a lot better against spin after spin dominated us in India.

"We've got a couple more days to try and get our process and thinking around it. We don't want to dwell on what's happened in the past, but we have to get on with it."

New Zealand have all the more reason to want to earn a positive result from this meeting, as defeat would set an unwanted record of six successive losses.

Their previous worse streak came in 1955 and if Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has anything to do with it, it will be worsened over the coming days.

"We will be looking to get in and win the tough moments, doing well when we come under pressure," Jayawardene said.

"In the first Test, it was a good Test for the first two days as New Zealand fought really well with the new ball and put us under a lot of pressure.

"But we managed to fight our way out of it and make something happen. We will look to do that again."

NZ Newswire